Louisville advances to the ACC Tournament semifinals

A pair of late free throws from Myisha Hines-Allen secured a 59-58 win over NC State in ACC Tournament action

After falling behind by 10 points following the opening quarter, fifth-seeded Louisville used the next three quarters to slowly climb back even with four-seed N.C. State and needed a pair of late free throws from Myisha Hines-Allen to grab a 59-58 win during quarterfinal action at the ACC Tournament on Friday afternoon.

The Cardinals were trailed 28-18 after the first quarter, but used a second quarter rally to narrow the margin to 34-32 at halftime.  The Cardinals out-paced the Wolfpack by three in the third quarter and played even with the higher seed in the final frame.

Asia Durr, a first team All-Conference selection, led all scorers with 28 points, with fellow first-teamer Hines-Allen scoring 14 of her 16 points in the second half.  Hines-Allen also pulled down 10 rebounds to record her 14th double-double of the season.

The victory, the seventh straight for the Cardinals, lifts the into the ACC Tournament semifinals for a third consecutive season.

Louisville, which improved to 27-6 overall, will face Notre Dame in semifinal play on Saturday at noon.  U of L fell at Notre Dame in early February in the only meeting between the two this season.

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